Bonefish Capital of the World
The Bahamas has come to be known as ‘the Bonefish capital of the world’, and a glance at a satellite picture will reveal why. It consists of a vast network of easily wadeable white sand flats and hidden unspoiled mangrove creeks. There are fewer better places to target bonefish on the flats. Whether you like to target large single Bones cruising down the flats or schools of smaller fish around the mangroves, the Bahamas has it all. Combined with postcard-like beauty, you are surrounded by a tranquil paradise, making it very non-fisher friendly.
Bairs Lodge, located on the southernmost part of South Andros, is a fly fisher’s paradise offering anglers direct access to a large fishing area of totally unspoiled Bonefish flats and offers some of the best Bonefishing in the world. One of the big draws to the Bahamas is the sight fishing for bonefish. However, it’s not all about the Bones; South Andros is home to Jacks, Barracuda, Lemon Sharks, Mutton Snapper, Triggerfish and many more. Although the main target for the day is Bonefish, you should always be at the ready to throw a fly at whatever may cross your path!
Stalking Bonefish on the Flats
When it comes to stalking big Bonefish, few locations offer as many opportunities as those surrounding Bairs Lodge on South Andros. The flats are simply teaming with Bones giving the angler ample opportunity and time to perfect your skills. South Andros is famous for its trophy double-digit Bonefish, which many anglers dream of. The seemingly limitless opportunities to cast at fish makes for an unforgettable experience on the flats.
Departing by skiff from the waterfront every morning, you will quickly find yourself winding in amongst the huge expanses of uncharted waterways and flats. Whether you are an experienced Bonefish angler or a first-timer to the South Andros, it will provide a timeless experience for all.
Caribbean Style Luxury on the Waters Edge
Bairs Lodge is everything you would expect from a world-class fishing lodge. With a modern interior, and a laid back Caribbean style feel to it, makes for a perfect base when on a Bonefish trip. Based on the water’s edge, it’s a perfect location to enjoy the charms of South Andros. An evening drink by the fire while watching pods of Bonefish cruise past the lodge is and the perfect way to end the day.
Guests are accommodated in six large rooms each with twin double beds, ensuite bathrooms and hot showers. All the rooms have both air conditioning and ceiling fans. The main living space consists of a comfortable sofa area, large dining table, fly-tying bench, computer with WIFI and shop with fishing essentials and basics.
Breakfast and evening meals are held communally with a menu from which to choose and a range of appetisers available each day. For those who want to enjoy themselves, as well as fish, an open fully inclusive bar with wines, beers and spirits will ensure that guests can enjoy the week in the manner they feel fit.
Food & Cuisine
Fresh Fish and Local Dishes
A stay at Bairs Lodge includes all meals for the day. Guests will enjoy breakfast in their own time each morning at the communal dining area. This consists of cereals, fresh fruit, juices and pastries. A packed lunch will be provided on the boat with drinks of your choice. You may stop for lunch in your own time during the day. Evening meals are often fresh from the sea with a variety of other options. The evening meals are held in the main dining room, with guests choosing from a menu.
The food at Bairs Lodge is excellent and presented professionally. You will not go hungry or be left disappointed with your experience.
Day 1 – Depart Home City to Nassau
- Depart Home City on a flight to Nassau
Day 2 – Arrive Nassau
- Arrive in Nassau International Airport and continue to transfer to the local domestic airport (3 min walk)
- Check-in for domestic flight to South Andros
- Arrive, South Andros
- Enjoy a meet and greet from the airport and be transferred directly to Bairs Lodge
- Relax and enjoy lunch
- Fish for the afternoon and overnight at Bairs Lodge
Day 3 to Day 10 – Continued fishing
- Enjoy 6 full days of fishing and overnight stays in Bairs lodge
- This evening you will be transferred to South Andros airport and fly to Nassau
- Overnight in Nassau – Recommended hotel
Day 11 – Depart for home city
- Transfer from hotel to International Airport
- Continue on a flight to home city
- Arrive home city
- Continue with your own arrangements
Cost & Specifics
- Full board accommodation throughout your stay at Bairs Lodge
- 1 Guide per 2 fishers and flats skiff
- All drinks included
- Fishing licence
- Transfers on Andros Island
- Transfers outside Andros Island
- Hotels in Nassau
- Rental fishing equipment
- Items of a personal nature
Do I need a visa to travel to The Bahamas?
As a UK citizen, you do not need a visa to travel to the Bahamas. You will be granted a 90-day pass upon entry to the country.
How many fish should I expect to catch?
At Bairs Lodge, you can expect to be casting and multiple fish throughout the day. Expect to catch 5 fish a day with the hope of a really big one amongst them. Having the correct gear will hugely enhance your conversation rates of casting at fish to landing them.
Do I need to take my own fishing gear?
We recommend that you take as much of your own gear as possible. If you would like further advice on this, please call us anytime.
Where should I fly to?
To get to Bairs Lodge you will need to fly to Nassau International Airport. With direct flights from London or via Miami, if you are coming from elsewhere.
After landing in Nassau you will take a short walk (3mins) to the domestic airport and continue on a further flight to South Andros Airport (Congo Town Airport). The internal flight is approximately 40mins. Where a member of the Lodge will be there to greet you on arrival.
How do I book this trip?
If you like what you see, the best thing to do is pick up the phone and give a team member a call. Alternatively, email us at email@example.com.
We will be happy to give you any extra information you may need, prices and availability.
Why choose LOOP Travel?
Loop Travel has extensive teams across the globe, all working to give you the best possible advice when travelling the world seeking top class fly fishing. Our advice is totally free to you and booking with us comes at no extra cost.
Our years of experience between the teams and plethora of knowledge is second to known. Our team members know destinations backwards, having spent many years guiding, managing or fishing these lodges.
We only sell what we know and what we know; we know better than anyone.
Clothing in saltwater
The Marauder Long Sleeve Tech Shirt is a key piece of equipment when fishing in saltwater. UV rays can be harsh; you must make sure you are well protected with long days in the sun.
Fishing in the saltwater is 90% sight fishing. The ability to see the fish will enhance your catch rate immeasurably. The LOOP V10 Sunglasses will remove the glare from the water and allow you to spot fish much faster.
We highly recommend having a form of waterproof bag to take with you onto the flats each day. Although beautifully warm weather is a common theme in The Bahamas, you are constantly surrounded by water. The LOOP dry Backpack 25l is the perfect place to keep a camera, fly boxes and even a snack or two. Saltwater is highly corrosive, anything that could get damaged should be kept in the backpack.
The anorak is a perfectly designed jacket for flats fishing in tropical storms. Keeping you dry with no zips or cords for your line to get caught on while fishing.
When fishing for Bonefish, we typically use 8wt rods. These rods give you the perfect mix of accuracy and power. The flats can be windy, and accuracy is key when fishing for bones. A spare rod is essential. We always accompany our 8wt with a 9wt or 10wt on the flats in case of big jacks or tarpon.
Please contact a member of our team for availability and prices.
A 50% deposit will be required to secure the booking. The balance is payable no later than 90 days before the date of the trip commencement date.